I'm very exited to announce my latest product: handpainted ombré or gradient rovings! This is something that I have been scheming about for a while now, and today the first of several colorways is live in my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/241724846/handpainted-bluefaced-leicester-wool.
There are many different ways to use an ombré roving in spinning projects. Here are just a few suggestions:
*Chain ply (i.e., Navajo ply) to maintain the color gradient
*Split roving in half lengthwise to create a two-ply yarn that preserves the color gradient
*Ply with a roving with shorter color repeats to create a two-ply fractal yarn
*Ply with a solid-colored roving for a two-ply yarn with subtle color gradation
*Spin a singles yarn that retains the color gradient
Below is a picture of the Cranberry Ombré colorway spun as a two-ply yarn. I split the roving in half lengthwise and spun two singles. I plied the singles together beginning with the darkest color. The final skein is about 320 yards and weighs roughly 4 oz. I love the way the colors gradually move from dark to light. I plan to knit a cowl (stitch pattern to be determine) with this yarn that emphasizes the color gradation.